Anyone who has had to pop a squat in an airplane bathroom has probably wondered where all the poop goes when you flush. Strain (your brain) no more because pilot / YouTuber/ the internet’s new super-crush, Garrett, has all the answers.
Watch @FlyWithGarrett Talk About Where Flushed Poop Goes on an Airplane. No Regrets.
It turns out that an extraordinary number of people have the wrong idea about where poop ends up when they flush in the air. Many wrongly assume that everything just goes out a hatch as unsuspecting birds practicing their aerial formations get showered in human feces. Others think that it all gets dropped over the sea, as if Mother Earth is one big toilet. Wrong and wrong.
Garret, who goes by TikTok handle @flywithgarrett, spends much of his free time educating the world with factoids about piloting and travel. He shares must-have snack tips, smoothie recipes, and even skincare routines. And most of all, he loves his lady. A Dobermann named Bella.
Watching a single video on YouTube will show you his depth. He’s not just perhaps the most handsome man on the planet. He’s also funny and unafraid to show his quirks or admit he’s had very human problems, like with a trademark for his apparel company. Hey, if you know, you know.
In a post about flushing airplane poop, the regional captain-turned-American Airlines pilot let everyone in on the dirty details.
“Did you know when you flush the toilet on the aircraft, it actually doesn’t dump out into the population down below. It goes through plumbing to the rear of the aircraft in sealed compartments, where the ground crew at the destination will remove all that waste,” he explained.
One Flight Can Accumulate A Lot of Waste
“And on a 747 on a long-haul flight, toilets can be flushed over 1,000 times,” Garrett added. He said that can result in over 320 gallons of waste.
Comments shifted between completely off-topic remarks about Garrett’s exceptional looks and what he had just said about flushing airplane poop.
“That’s a weird way to propose but yes I’m all yours,” one person wrote.
“Since I was a kid I used to think when over a sea the pilot flush it out. Omg,” one person admitted.
“Grounds crew deserves a raise,” said another. Indeed, thoughts of ground crews getting frostbite while having to pump sewage come to mind.
“Other actually people that believe that it would get expelled from the aircraft to the population below? And if so, do these people vote?” asked another.
Hey, call them “shower thoughts” or “toilet thoughts,” we’ve all been there at some point. But you can rest easy. Your flushed airplane poop certainly isn’t going to find its way into your next can of Chicken of the Sea or StarKist.